We are an international literary society devoted to the 20th century English novelist Barbara Pym, shrewd observer of a certain kind of middle-class Englishwoman, no longer young and not quite beautiful, whom society finds it easy to overlook. She is just as shrewd an observer of the people that these women, vigilant and perceptive, themselves observe.
The spinster heroine of Excellent Women, Pym’s most famous novel, says, “I suppose an unmarried woman just over 30, who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself involved or interested in other people’s business, and if she is a clergyman’s daughter then one might really say that there is no hope for her.”
The 2021 Ellen J. Miller Memorial
Short Story Competition
Entries must be original works of approximately 2000 words that prominently feature one or more characters from Barbara Pym’s published novels, in any setting or situation the author chooses. The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2020.
2021 North American Conference
19-21 March 2021
An Unsuitable Attachment
2021 Annual General Meeting and Conference
3-5 September 2020
St Hilda's College, Oxford
"Barbara Around the World"